Continuing social work education: Why do social workers participate in continuing education programs?

Shirley L. Zimmerman

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Abstract

The question of whether social workers participate in continuing social work education because social service organizations regard continuing education of their staff essential for improved organizational performance, or because social workers regard it as essential for improved professional performance is examined using two data sources. The data suggest that social workers engage in continuing education programs primarily for professional rather than organizational reasons. The viability of these programs seems to depend on whether they are on the cutting edge of new knowledge and the opportunities they afford for intellectual stimulation. The discussion is set in an organizational environment perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-116
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Education for Social Work
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978

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